I have to thank my friend Yasen Kazandjiev for quite a few upcoming reviews of some of the most intriguing music I’ve heard in some time, starting with this EP by Dresden-based band Subact. There are elements of bands like Ozric Tentacles and other psychedelic prog groups as well as sample work reminiscent of Front …
Kauan are a band out of Kyiv, Ukraine, who sit somewhere between prog rock and post-rock. You hear influences as disparate as immanu el, Yes and Godspeed You! Black Emperor in bits and pieces of their music.
Though I loathe that I can’t simply buy a download from Edward Ka-Spel (too many of his latest Bandcamp releases are truncated version so that you’re forced to buy a hard copy, be it vinyl or CD), that’s his prerogative. The music is up to the standards one expects from the Legendary Pink Dots‘ frontman.
Legendary Can bassist and recording engineer Holger Czukay passed away today. He was 79 years old. Pitchfork Magazine reports about his passing here. Many thanks to my friend, Michael Schneider, for posting this video, which we share in Holger’s honor. Rest in peace.
Steely Dan bassist and songwriter Walter Becker passed away today. Variety Magazine provides a eulogy for him here. Inside the article is a statement given by his friend and fellow band member, Donald Fagen. In his honor, I post the song that first attracted me to the band.
Companyia Elèctrica Dharma are a band out of Barcelona, Spain. They manage to mix jazz (ethnic and free), fusion, progressive rock, and even touches of folk into their compositions.
Beyond Beyond is Beyond has begun to carve a place for themselves as the premier prog-psych record label in the United States. Their catalog features acts like Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo, Brooklyn’s Ancient Ocean and many others. This compilation is a great way to introduce yourselves to their racket.
https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=789366971/album=100394288/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/ Evolving, like all prog, from psych and jazz, the Latin American scene is full of imaginative fusion and wild technical prowess. via The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog — Bandcamp Daily
Sato are a band from Uzbekistan who fuse together progressive rock and folk into a pretty unique fusion. Though there’s not much information about them online as of yet, the venerable blog ProgNotFrog have a small writeup on them, including personnel info.
Los Angeles, California’s answer to Magma, Corima originally hail from Texas, and make use of the Mexican Quetzalcoatl mythos and make intense music in the vein of Zeuhl music; quick, crisp, brutal and quite a pleasure to delve into. Check out their Bandcamp page here.